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‘13 Reasons Why’: Helpful or hurtful?

Although many people find the subject uncomfortable, the Population Reference Bureau said that “suicides have become the second leading cause of death among teenagers in the United States” as of June 2016. Suicide is not pleasant and is depicted in an authentic, painful way in Netflix’s new series “13 Reasons Why,” based off of the…

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March for Science: In peer review, we trust

On April 22, people across the world celebrated Earth Day. Originating in 1970, this national holiday provides focus on the environment and sustainability. Over 20 million Americans gathered in massive coast to coast rallies to demonstrate their support against the deterioration of the environment. Environmentalists have been fighting against oil spills, polluting factories, power plants,…

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Hope baseball battles Trine

The Dutchmen faced-off against Trine University in two sets of double-headers This past weekend, Hope College baseball battled it out with Trine University in two doubleheaders. The Dutchmen faced them on the road on Friday and then battled them at home again on Saturday. The Flying Dutchmen were, unfortunately, unable to bring home a win…

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Stage presence of Daina Robins

Dr. Daina Robins’ hands fly as she speaks, and her silver ring with a dangling feather jingles. “There’s a famous Russian playwright, Anton Chekhov, of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, and I have six degrees of separation from him.” Her statement sets up two important details about Robins. First, she knows theatre, and…

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Hope professor gets Holland reading

In just three years, Holland’s Big Read event has put on book discussions in hop-scented bars and cozy church basements. The community-wide book club has connected nearly 900 area students with literature and art and has also hosted authors, such as Tim O’Brien of “The Things They Carried.” The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)…

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Eastern Conference playoffs intensify

Last week, I forced the entire Hope College community to read through my predictions for the first round of the playoffs, in the Western Conference. Instead, this week I won’t necessarily have predictions, but I will highlight certain key components, which I think would have a significant impact in the shaping up of the series,…